Comfort Keepers, Faithlink holding senior food drive

PARKERSBURG — Comfort Keepers and Faithlink are again partnering with area businesses and agencies to help feed seniors this winter.

The Feed Seniors Now program provides “Blessing Bags” for seniors. The bags contain non-perishable foods and water in case a senior is snowed in this winter or unable to leave their house for a day or two.

Jeannette Flowers, care coordinator at Comfort Keepers, said last year agencies gathered enough to fill more than 700 Blessing Bags. This year, she said, the goal is 500 bags.

“If their power would go out or they would get snowed in, this bag would be able to sustain them for a few days,” she said. “This year Faithlink put a little first aid kit in each bag as well.”

Red collection tubs have been placed at numerous sites in Wood and Washington counties, Flowers said.

“We have different organizations that collect for us,” she said. “Some do it as an event, some do it as a contest for their employees or departments.”

Requested are soups in cans or pouches, tuna in cans or pouches, peanut butter, peanut butter crackers and cans of potted meat and small bottles of waters. Flowers said there already are sufficient amounts of other items, such as bottled water and fruit cups.

Collections tubs will be available through Dec. 31 at businesses and organizations throughout Parkersburg, Marietta and the Mid-Ohio Valley area. Area Catholic schools have been helping to collect items and assemble the bags, which will be distributed in early January, Flowers said. The distribution list is determined through senior citizen organizations.

“The kids from the Catholic schools include little notes and cards in the bags as well,” she said. “The people really appreciate it.”

Those wanting to make a donation or who have questions can contact Flowers toll-free at 1-888-373-7127.